NEW WAVERLY — Running and gunning, the Bulldogs were having so much fun Tuesday that a little boy came out of the stands to help them reach the century mark for the first time this season.

The seventh-ranked Class 2A team in Texas didn’t need any assistance, thank you. In a 101-76 rout of Diboll, New Waverly was in complete control.

Jarvice Sykes scored 22 points for the Bulldogs, Sir. Horace Saulsberry added 18, Joseph Carrington threw in 16 and Kyren Watts had 11. Tyren Watts and X’Zavious Harrison had nine points each for New Waverly and Sherman McKinney added five.

“I love this team. We’re doing everything with a positive attitude this season,” Sykes said while checking out the scorebook after the game. “Last year we got into some arguments, but this year everything’s positive.”

The Bulldogs ran their record to a perfect 7-0 Tuesday by jumping on Diboll early. Carrington sank an early 3-pointer and Harrison added another trey in the first quarter. New Waverly also used its quickness to continually frustrate the Lumberjacks (3-4) and make them turn over the ball.

By the end of the first period, the Bulldogs led 25-15. Thanks to a 25-10 run, New Waverly extended its advantage in the second quarter. By halftime, the Dogs led 57-28.

“We played OK tonight,” Sykes said. “We could have done better, but every week we’re making progress. We’re also coming together more as a team.”

New Waverly coach Bill Goffney agreed with his senior’s assessment of Tuesday’s game. The Dogs did all right, but they let up in the second half. Diboll got too many easy buckets in the second half when the Bulldogs slacked off defensively.

“We’re still working hard, we’re still playing with intensity and we’re still getting up and down the floor,” Goffney noted. “But I wasn’t happy with the second half. We got too relaxed on defense. We were trying to hold them under 50 points and we gave up 50 in the second half. We’ve got to play four quarters. I guess we started focusing too much on scoring 100.”

The Bulldogs took a 94-63 lead on a Carrington layup with more than three minutes to go in the game. But they got sloppy and barely reached the century mark.

Up 99-76 with the last seconds ticking away, Sykes fired up a 3-pointer. It did not fall, but the Lumberjacks were hit with a foul with one second to play. Sykes stepped up and hit two free shots to send the crowd home happy.

“We got to 100 in a scrimmage,” Goffney said. “That’s a good milestone to get to, but we’ve got to play defense, too. We were not blocking out. That’s going to be addressed in practice. If we have to, we’ll go back to wearing football helmets and doing our block-out drills. We’ve also got to shoot free throws.”

The Bulldogs play Class 5A Conroe on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Streater-Smith/Schurr Insurance Holiday Tournament in Montgomery. New Waverly goes after another tournament title against the likes of Magnolia, Forest Brook, Aldine MacArthur, Tomball and host Montgomery this weekend. Last weekend, the Dogs brought home the first-place trophy from a tournament at The Woodlands Christian Academy.